Win a pair of tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show 2018

The Baby & Toddler show is a brilliant place to visit if you’re a new mum or a mum to be.  They have two shows, firstly at Sandown Park, Surrey on the 13-15th April and then the other show is at SEC, Glasgow on the 27-29th April.

I love the Baby and Toddler Show, it’s the perfect place to find everything you could need for your new arrival or your toddler.  I have been several times since I was pregnant with Oliver and I have always found something new that has been very useful.  The stall holders are all very knowledgeable and can give you some really great advice.

Want some more reasons to go?  Here are a few:

  • There are so many brands available including Bugaboo, iCandy, Maxi-Cosi, Silver Cross, Cybex, Mamas & Papas, BeSafe, Cosatto & Britax to name a few!
  • It’s a great place to get advice for expectant or new parents, on subjects like weaning, sleep, babywearing, first aid and more.
  • You’re guaranteed to get the best price, potentially saving you lots of money!
  • You can test and compare before you buy.
  • There are over 150 brands to choose from at the show..so you’re guaranteed to find what you need!

My top tip for the show is, if you’re taking a little child with you ditch the buggy and carry them instead.  There isn’t loads of space for manoeuvring a buggy. Don’t own a baby carrier?  That’s fine!  They will let you try a baby carrier for the duration of the show.

The Good Bits

I am very please to share with you a discount code for a third off of tickets!  Tickets are usually £13 and you can save 1/3 by entering code BL10 at checkout when booking your tickets on their website.

I am also running a competition for one lucky reader to WIN a pair of tickets to either the Sandown Park or Glasgow show.  You can enter below!

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Terms & Conditions

  • I will contact the winner within 24 hours of the competition closing.  If I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours, another winner will be drawn.
  • The prize is not transferable, no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize is one pair of tickets.
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How to deal with the Terrible Two’s

Every parent knows that at some point, their lovely little toddler will hit the point when they will push their boundaries.  The terrible two’s is something you quietly dread.  Oliver hit this point at around 18 months, and slowly and surely he’s tested the boundaries we have put in place.   Recently he’s ramped it up a gear and has thrown huge tantrums, starting physically hitting out and just shouted no at everything he doesn’t want to do.

Throughout the past 6 months I have learnt what does and doesn’t work.  I know that his strops, tantrums and sometimes aggressive behaviour are all a way of him processing what he doesn’t understand.  He’s not being ‘naughty’ he’s learning boundaries and what behaviours are and aren’t acceptable.  I can tell that 99% of the time it is due to frustration because he can’t get his point across.  Oliver still can’t tell me what he wants, the words he does say are very limited, so it is immensely frustrating for him when he doesn’t understand or can’t tell me what he wants.  So I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks.  Obviously every child is different and all children respond differently to these.

Don’t just say ‘no’

Oliver seems to get more worked up when I just tell him ‘no’.  I have worked out that if I say ‘don’t do that, you’ll break it/you’ll hurt yourself etc. he is a lot more likely to stop whatever he is doing that he shouldn’t.  Quite often if I do end up saying no, I will follow it up with why he shouldn’t do what he is doing.  This has a much better response than if I just say no.

Give them a choice

Oliver hates wearing a hat or his hood up, however when it’s cold, wet or windy, he often needs something to protect his head.  If he throws a strop because he doesn’t want to wear whatever it is I’m trying to get him to, I will give him the option of lets say hood or hat.  He responds a lot better to this.  It doesn’t always work, but it definitely works a lot better than trying to get him to do what he doesn’t want to.

Sometimes they just need a cuddle

More times than not now when Oliver gets himself worked up and lashes out, he usually scares himself.  This usually results in him welling up or starting to cry.  These times I always offer him a cuddle, and he usually goes straight for that option and will sit on my lap cuddling until he calms down.  It can be really scary for them to feel so out of control, so to show them that you are there to help can really reassure them.

Offer a distraction

Sometimes distraction is the only way to calm Oliver down or stop him from doing something.  I’ve learnt that some behaviours are down to him just being hungry.  If I offer him a snack when he’s doing something he shouldn’t, he will quite often stop it for food.  A bowl of strawberries, raspberries or a bit of cereal resolve most of our problems!  Other times, if he I having a tantrum I will offer him a distraction, like ‘if you stop doing that then we can do some colouring/have a cuddle’ sometimes he goes for it, sometimes he doesn’t but it’s always worth trying!

Praise the good behaviour

Children want to please you, and whenever you say well done, you’ve done so well, they respond so much better.  Even if it’s a little win for you, praise it.  Oliver hates getting in the car seat, it almost always results in him screaming eat me.  But 1 time in 10 he will sit nicely and let him strap him in.  Every time he does this I make sure I praise him, sometimes I over praise because I want him to know that that behaviour is what I want.  He is always really pleased when he receives praise from us, and slowly but surely I think it is changing the way he behaves.

What’s worked for your child when they’ve had a tantrum?  I would love to hear!

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Snow: The Ordinary Moments

As I am sure you are all aware, we had snow last week!!  Living in Surrey, this isn’t something we get often, it’s usually just a sprinkle and never enough to do anything with.  So when the weather reports all told us we were set for some snow I started to get excited.  I LOVE the snow.  I get excited like a child, so I couldn’t wait for Oliver to experience it too. 

We got our first shower of snow on Monday.  Although it didn’t settle very well, the woodland we walk through to get to Oliver’s pre-school had a good covering.  I couldn’t resist getting some cute snaps of Oliver walking through.  He loved it and he loved listening for the crunch underfoot.

It snowed a few more times through the week but the biggest snowfall came on Thursday and Friday.  Friday it really came down.  Just as Oliver went down for his nap the snow started falling and by the time he woke up it was completely white outside.  He just stood there shouting ‘no, no!’ (because he isn’t able to say his s’s yet, not because he didn’t want to go out in it!).  We wrapped up and braced the winds to enjoy a bit of sledging and trampling through the snow.

Once I convinced Oliver to sit on the sledge, he wouldn’t get off! Luckily the estate we live on has quite a few hilly bits so there were plenty of opportunities to slide down the hills and he loved it!  He fell off once, and he just lay there in the snow looking at me, like ‘this is freezing!’ but he quickly hopped back on the sledge, brushed the snow off and kept going.

By the time we woke up on Saturday morning the sun was shining and the snow was melting pretty quickly.  I took Oliver out on a quick walk around before the snow disappeared entirely and he loved the sludge that was forming and jumping in the puddles.

I’m so pleased Oliver got to experience a good snowfall at an age he could actually enjoy it!  Thank you Beast from the East or Storm Emma, whichever name you want to refer to!

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New Baby Gift Guide

I love finding something really special to give as a gift.  Whenever I have given baby gifts I have always tried to give something that’s useful or something thats personal.  A personal gift that someone has really given some thought to are always the ones that last in my memories.  I love being given little baby clothes and cuddly toys but there are so many other gifts out there which are just so much more special.  I thought I would share with you just a few of my gift ideas for a new baby or baby shower gift.

Firstly, I thought I would share with you one of the best loved children’s stories. Guess How Much I Love You, I think it really is a staple story for every young child.  Books are always a great gift, they’re something you will always need, and it’s so nice to have the favourites of your friends and relatives gifted to your child.  Oliver was given this book by a family friend when he was born, because it was their favourite bedtime story, and I really love reading it to him at bedtime.

They are now selling the story in a gift pack with a pack of milestone cards. How cute is this?  Combined with a little Nutbrown Hare rattle, it makes such lovely gift.  I loved taking photos with Oliver’s milestone cards.  They are such a nice way to document the little moments like their first smile, and I love that these ones are themed!

Another lovely gift is this Messy Me changing clutch.  I love this, it’s a very compact oilcloth clutch bag with a compact changing mat inside.  It has enough space in it for your changing essentials, and would fit perfectly in your handbag or under your buggy, making sure all those little bits you need are at hand quickly.  It would also be perfect to keep in the car for those little emergencies!  You could pop this in a baby essentials hamper or pair it with a pack of nappies and wipes for a practical gift!

Finally I have this beautiful handmade sign from Kent Made.  This is the perfect keepsake gift for any newborn.  It would look perfect placed on a shelf or hanging on the wall.  I really love items like this, they just show that little bit more thoughtfulness.  The quality is great and it arrived very quickly.  This is so beautiful and Chantel, the owner of Kent Made, has such a gorgeous variety of wooden gifts, you would be spoilt for choice!

So these are just a few great products on offer for that new arrival.  If you’re a parent, what were your favourite gifts when you had your baby?  I would love to hear in the comments below!

These items were all gifted to me for inclusion in this post.  All words and opinions are my own.

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